I have about 12 Imac tray loader 333 G3s that seem to all have defective trayload CD-ROM drives.
I would like to re-use the place where the CD-ROM was to customize/add a set of jacks on the front panel (firewire + USB 2 if possible).
Has anyone successfully made (or found a ready made)a plug-in adater of some sort to convert the plug where the CD Drive plugged in to a useful pinout or plug for incorporating firewire jacks, etc. ? A pinout to interconnect with an external hub would work if the resulting added plugs could have bootable cd-drives connected to them (via an enclosure or other interface).
Ideally, I would like to be able to have a nice looking front panel with at least 1 fire wire plug where an external firewire enclosure for a bootable CD-Rom Drive, or even bootable Superdrive could then be plugged in.
This G3 Trayloader Imac model has no fire wire ports, and I plan to re-sell many of them. Adding an inexpensive firewire port where future owners can add their own firewire enclosures, or USB 2 enclosures (hopefully) is an inexpensive alternative to trying to replace the tray load cd drives with used ones that are hard to come by at very low wholesale prices.
I do not know enough to be able to troubleshoot those drives.I am fairly handy with soldering irons, etc. but I have no clue on the circuitry to be soldered for such a project, or even if this concept can be implemented economically.
Plan B would be to try to add the firewire connection onto the existing processor board or somewhere else if someone could give fairly detailed instructions on how to accomplish that. The replacement processor upgrades available for these models have firewire added to them. I just do not know how much modification was needed to add those fire wire ports (new circuit board completely, easy to tap into places for the sockets .... who knows?)
Any ideas how to hack this Mac to add fire wire bootable drives???